Nicaragua seeks construction supervision for 17-MW Larreynaga

On behalf of the Nicaragua government, the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI) seeks bids for supervision, inspection, and quality control of the construction of the 17-MW Larreynaga hydroelectric project. Bids are due May 11.

With funding from the government of Spain, CABEI took bids from Spanish companies April 14 to build Larreynaga on an engineering-procurement-construction basis. (HNN 2/13/09) CABEI solicited bids once before, in 2008, for supervision, inspection, and quality control of the construction. (HNN 2/6/08)

Larreynaga is to be built on the Cacao River in Jinotega Department, 161 kilometers from Managua. It is to generate 73 gigawatt-hours annually, increasing the nation’s power supply by 3 percent.

CABEI signed an agreement in 2006 providing Nicaragua US$37 million to fund design, construction, and commissioning of Larreynaga, which is to be operated by national utility Empresa Nicaraguense de Electricidad (ENEL). In 2005, ENEL awarded a contract to German-Nicaraguan consortium Fitchner-Idisa to conduct a feasibility study of the project.

The current solicitation also is open only to Spanish companies. A bidders’ meeting and site visit are to be scheduled. Electronic copies of the Larreynaga feasibility study will be given to participants or may be obtained at the office of Direccion General de Proyectos of ENEL.

Bid documents may be obtained from the CABEI Internet site, www.bcie.org, under Unidad de Adquisiciones and Avisos de Licitacion. Bids are due by 4:30 p.m. May 11 to Banco Centroamericano de Integracion Economica, Unidad de Proyectos de Preinversion, Edificio Sede, Boulevard Suyapa, frente al Plantel de la E.N.E.E., Tegucigalpa, Honduras. For information, contact CABEI; E-mail: licitacionesupp@bcie.org; Internet: www.bcie.org.

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